3 Simple Tricks to Create Texture in Watercolor
Creating Texture with WatercolorA little texture in your paintings can go a long way. It can really help take your art to the next level if done properly. This article covers three easy ways to create some texture with watercolor using 3 simple household items that you most likely already have.
1. SaltThis is a great trick to create snow, stars or frost. It is more noticeable and dramatic when used on darker colors. The salt is dropped or sprinkled onto wet paint. The effect will vary depending on the coarseness of the salt, thickness and the wetness of your paint. If your paint is just damp it will have little or no effect. Make sure you let the paint dry completely before removing the salt.
Table salt (Fine)
You can see how thick the salt was here and how it has left a dark spot where the salt was sitting. Thicker applications of paint will leave this effect. When painting a snow effect you would want to use less salt. The result will be more believable.
TIP: Your painting needs soft neutral places for the viewer’s eye to rest when looking at your art. If there is too much texture in your painting the viewer will be overwhelmed.
2. Rubbing Alcohol
Dropped onto wet paint
As with any texture, the results will vary with the thickness of the paint and the amount and strength of the alcohol used.
3. Plastic WrapThis technique is really nice for a stained glass effect or for rocks.
The plastic wrap is crinkled up and laid down on the wet paint. You can also move the wrap around when you first put it down to get the desired effect you want. It is not removed until the paint is completely dry.
This is only 3 textures out many more. You can use just about anything you can think of to create an interesting texture. Texture can be a great addition to your painting but here is a word of caution, with texture, less is more. Too much texture will make your painting too busy.